Dez Bryant remained limited in practice Thursday but only because the Cowboys are being cautious with him. Bryant physically is able to do everything, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said.
“He’s just working his way back from an injury,” Garrett said. “He hasn’t practiced or played in games up until last week. When you’re dealing with a player who’s coming back from an injury, you work through it day by day. You watch him and see what he’s capable of doing. You see how he feels and you make your determination as to how you want him to proceed in that practice.”
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Bryant missed five games after fracturing the fifth metatarsal in his right foot during the season opener against the Giants. He had surgery, which included a bone graft, on Sept. 14.
He returned to action Sunday against the Seahawks and cornerback Richard Sherman but managed only two catches for 12 yards despite Matt Cassel targeting him six times.
Offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said Bryant should factor in more this week.
“[The game plan for Bryant] was definitely going to be limited as to what we’d do before he was taking 100 percent of the snaps,” Linehan said of the fact that Bryant played 49 of the 60 snaps. “That will progress for us each week, I think. Last week was kind of the first taste of it. We’ll definitely push forward to get more out of our approach the more he can do.”
The team’s practice report Thursday remained the same as Wednesday: Receiver Brice Butler (hamstring) and quarterback Matt Cassel (knee) were full participants; Bryant, tight end James Hanna (ankle) and defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence (back) were limited; safety Barry Church (ankle) did not participate.